Thursday, January 26, 2012

"A Munificent Benefactor to Religion": John Donegan, Dublin Jeweller, 1862

This pedestal tomb, which stands over the grave of John Donegan, speaks not only to his eminence as a Dublin jeweller, but also to the clout he bore as the official jeweller to the Catholic clergy of Dublin.   Donegan was a devout Catholic, and it was to him that the Catholic clergy went to have chalices and other accoutrements fashioned for their practice.  Also, to each priest assigned to go to a foreign mission, John Donegan gave a silver chalice, a paten (a plate used during the sacrament of the Eucharist), and a silver case within which they would carry holy oils.  As his stone attests he was indeed, "A Munificent Benefactor to Religion".

The stone reads:

Pray For
The Repose Of The Soul Of
John Donegan
Dame Street
A Munificent Benefactor to Religion 
Who Departed This Life
The 18th of November
Aged 68 years


Heritage Council, Death & Design in Victorian Glasnevin, 2000, Publications Grant Scheme.

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